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The collection of giant squirrels, owls and hawks carved by Paul Morris now adorn the grounds of the Pendine Park Care Organisation in Wrexham.
Paul, 55, a member of Pendine’s gardening and maintenance team, wanted to add colour to their 11-acre site on Summerhill Road and give the residents something extra to enjoy.
He is currently working on one of his most ambitious projects yet as he carves out a grizzly bear at the request of proprietor Mario Kreft MBE.
Paul discovered he had chainsaw carving skills quite by accident after deciding to have a go at making an garden owl for his wife’s birthday.
He said: “My wife has lots of porcelain owls that she’s collected over the years. And with her birthday coming up I decided to have a go at carving one using my chainsaw.
“Since that first design I’ve gone on to perfect my technique a fair bit and done all sorts of different designs from squirrels to owls and hawks to field mice.”
Paul who worked as a woodsman at at the National Trust’s Erddig Hall in Wrexham for many years says he uses any storm damaged trees as material for his Pendine Park designs.
He said: “I think it’s nice for the residents to have something different to look at especially when we are using our own damaged trees for the designs.
“The squirrel I designed was made out of a section of ash. We had to cut the tree down as it became infected with a disease but I managed to save a big piece of unaffected tree and used that for the sculpture. It’s almost like trees get a second chance to inspire even when they have come to the end of their natural life.”
Paul has worked at Pendine Park for 15 months and says, although self-taught, he has always liked art.
He said: “It’s not a long process and I can do a fair sized owl for instance in a couple of days. Although the bear I’m doing for Mario Kreft will take me maybe four or five days doing a bit at a time.”
Head gardener Andrew Jones says Paul’s incredible chainsaw carvings add a little magic to the grounds.
He said: “Paul does an incredible job and I think residents, staff and visitors get something out of seeing these fantastic works of art dotted around the grounds.
Mr Kreft said: “I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the bear when it is finished as it will have a very special meaning for me. My late father, Franz Kreft, travelled the world working as a bear and lion trainer and the sculpture will be dedicated to his memory.”